Instructables
First, I'd like to thank Instructables for running this contest: without it, the reindeer moss I picked up because it looked like miniature trees would never have connected in my mind with the idea of putting that awesome-diorama-I-would-one-day-make into an emu egg and getting to work on it immediately. Whatever the proportion of inspiration to perspiration there has to be for a given project, without the inspiration there really is no project, no matter how much perspiration one is willing to put in.

Other things needed for this project:

Emu egg (preferably more than one... I ruined the first and maybe the second)
White vinegar (fresh from the store: the newer it is, the more acidic)
Crayons (good ole Crayola)
Rock mold (this came in a diorama rock kit I bought at Michaels for this, but can be had online)
Plaster
Talus (i.e. little jagged rock crumbs. Unpainted aquarium gravel could do in a pinch)
Gravel (i.e. larger jagged pieces of rock. Jagged is the key word here)
Putty (I used Aves Apoxie Sculpt, but any self-hardening putty-like stuff would do, so long as it sticks well to things)
Reindeer moss (I've seen the same stuff labeled as lichen)
Grass flock (came in another diorama kit, this one for grasses. Can also be had online or in a hobby store)
Foliage fiber (same diorama kit, the stuff looks and feels vaguely like the scrubby side of a kitchen sponge)
Glue (I used what came free with the kits, it smells like Elmer's to me. Any non-toxic, clear drying glue would do)
Acrylic paints
Clear casting resin
Very small twig wreath, or twigs and raffia to make one.

Tools:
Plastic cups, knives, stirrers.
Manicure scissors
Tweezers
Brushes (here it really helps to have a few small and soft brushes, they are best for blending)
Rotary tool with a grinding tip and a small cutting tip.

Also, lots of time, patience, and a clean, well lit work environment (I used my office for a chunk of this project)
 
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Little Lisa Simpson in The Genesis Tub Treehouse of Horror 7, beautiful.
Impressive! Great Job!!
gizmo7902 years ago
Very Nice this can be a small house for a small ant XD
cargorilla2 years ago
Awesome instructable! Your little scene is amazingly life-like and breathtaking. Very, very nice job! Your narration was also extremely well done: concise, descriptive and entertaining. Howecer, you made a mention of your pictures... they really don't do your project justice. There is a great instructable on how to take closeup pictures with just about any basic digital camera, that was a real revelation to me. You might look it up. I would love to see MORE pictures of your amazing project. Thank you for sharing and for all the work it must have taken to put together the excellent instructable.

Regard.
gchan-13 years ago
that is so freaking awesome. i'm speechless O_______________O
instruct393 years ago
this is the coolest thing ever!
ilpug3 years ago
You are a master of mini-terrain. this is one of the coolest projects ever. favorited.
that's aucious
yoshi14 years ago
WOW!!!
Could i do with a chicken egg?
BatAndOwl4 years ago
Coolest thing ever. I would make it but 1: Too many materials to get 2: I will mess this up :P
eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
That is beautiful.
zombiefire4 years ago
cool
shh4 years ago
Hey, this is awesome! Can I get a high res image to make a poster of this?

From 'no emu' land,

Hansa
teorible5 years ago
This is awesome. I wanted to share a tip I got for terrain. Instead of casting rocks (although uniformity is the strength of this technique) I'm going to try using bark. I've been using chunky cork tiles to good effect, but recently saw some stuff with the sort of bark used as landscaping material, and it was very nice. In a project like this it could save some time as well.
mmh5 years ago
Congratulations! What a precious little world! Nice instructable!
Faro5 years ago
Congratulations! Lovely entry.
Carole B.5 years ago
Congratulations on being a Winner. I told you upon being a Finalist that LIKED your egg.I still do! My Best Wishes to you. Carole B.
egger15 years ago
Congratulations on your win! This is a fantastic design so well done with all the details and hard work! Thank you for the detailed instructions too. This is something I would like to try in the future and your clear instructions and comments have made it seem more possible to be accomplished.
oldhamedia5 years ago
Congratulations on being a winner!!! I love this one most of all!
Carole B.5 years ago
Congratulations on being a Finalist. I have assisted my nieces and nephews in the past few years develop rhea and emu egg designs for entry into 4-H Achievment Days in SD, and this egg reminds me of one of their Purple Ribbon Designs! So I LIKE it. Your work is nice. My Best Wishes to you. Carole B.
kelllbelll5 years ago
Wonderful! Congrats on being a finalist!
I love it, very original and beuatiful
rh1185 years ago
nice....
RoyalPayne5 years ago
Nothing wrong with your twiggy base. Purple sets off the blue of the egg. Inspiring.
damabeth5 years ago
Absolutely the best one!
jenkjenk5 years ago
wow!! เยี่ยมไปเลย
SugarTeen525 years ago
Woww, that's incredible!!!!! I love working with miniatures. This type of thing should be my next project XD Very beautiful work!
stkelsiej5 years ago
that is amazing. great job.
S1L3N7 SWAT5 years ago
WOW!! 5/5 Great Job. I'm voting for your egg!
nicolasjara5 years ago
That's beautiful! I'd like to be there.
Truly awesome! It looks like a nice place to live. No housing developments or traffic or politicians or wars! You've done an amazing job crafting something very realistic and attractive. I admire your skill and perseverance.
Cthulu5 years ago
Amazing work. The detail you put into this is great. 5/5
joey25426675 years ago
awesome! (don't usually do this but) 5/5 stars! voted
PKM5 years ago
That is incredible. I'm familiar with most of the techniques here from knowing tabletop gamers, but I'm still incredibly impressed at how lifelike you got the trees to look. I'd love to see a high-res macro of this in a lightbox (or any other good diffuse lighting)- if you have a camera capable of macros I would love you forever if you uploaded a few full-res shots somewhere.
pixelinabitmap (author)  PKM5 years ago
Hey, thanks, it's extra nice to impress people who have seen stuff like this before. Unfortunately, I don't have a camera capable of macros, or, more importantly, I don't have a lens for it. Also, unfortunately, I'm a complete retard when in comes to photography, nor can I set up proper lighting. The photos you see are pretty much my best effort, but if you want high-res version, I could probably upload them somewhere.
Keith-Kid5 years ago
Wow! Looks amazing! What a great idea!
RadBear5 years ago
Very cool!!! I'm really impressed.
omnibot5 years ago
Wow! I'm loving this! It's so .. artish .. and yet so .. real. Wow!
hellstudios5 years ago
NICE
knatalie5 years ago
Wow! This is awesome!! I love it, sis!
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